9.20.17 San Diego Union Tribune
"UC San Diego to test self-driving cars on campus roads"
UC San Diego is going to begin testing self-driving vehicles on campus roads and lanes early next year, taking advantage of the fact that it doesn?t need state permission to carry out such studies.
9.19.17 Market Wire
"IDT Announces Microwave and Millimeter Wave Products, Accelerating Growth in Active Antenna Systems"
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT®) (NASDAQ:IDTI) today announced that it is sampling a portfolio of millimeter wave beamformer products for 5G next-generation communications systems. These products accelerate IDT's growth in the RF market and consolidate its position as a leading supplier of RF and millimeter wave (mmWave) products for wireless infrastructure.
9.18.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"IBM gives UC San Diego $10 million to find better ways to detect memory loss"
IBM has given UC San Diego a $10 million contract to search for ways to preserve people's ability to think and remember things clearly to help seniors live in their own homes late into life, perhaps until they die. The money is aimed at a problem that trips up many older adults -- mild cognitive impairment, a condition that can make it difficult to remember simple things like a name, and how do basic tasks like balance a checkbook.
9.16.17 KNSS 98.7/1330
"Welcome Winemaker Daniel Daou"
One of the great winemakers from Paso Robles, mentioned in Paul Hodgins book "The Winemakers Of Paso Robles" joins Guy in this segment.
9.14.17 BBC World Service - Health Check
"Squid ink to detect gum disease"
A visit to the dentist and some Japanese food were the inspiration behind Jesse Jokerst's idea to try to improve our dental health. He's a professor of Nano-engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and wondered if there was a better way of measuring the "pocket" which can form around a tooth when the gum is inflamed than using a small metal probe. In his lab, he's been testing the light-absorbing properties of squid ink, using ultrasound. So where did he get the idea?
9.14.17 NBC 7 San Diego
"UC San Diego Developing Virtual Reality Lesson Plan"
Virtual reality is becoming a reality in San Diego classrooms. A group at the University of California, San Diego are developing prototypes to further engage students in learning. The group took part in a panel discussion Wednesday night on using virtual reality as part of the lesson plan. The discussion, which took place at the City of San Diego Central Library, is part of the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series program.
9.12.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Wednesday panel looks at virtual reality in classrooms"
A quarterly lecture series from Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego will resume Wednesday with a panel discussion about the use of virtual reality in the classroom. The lecture is schedule for 6 p.m. in the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., with registration starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $15, and registration information is available at http://bit.ly/2wCvDaz. The event includes complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Sally Ride Science STEAM series is a quarterly program that explores the important of science, technology, engineering, arts and math in education.
9.12.17 The Hindu Business Line
"Soon, internet browsing will be fast even on feature phones"
A 28-year-old Indian researcher has come up with a novel way to ensure internet can be accessed in low- bandwidth areas and feature phones, using data compression algorithms. Anand Theertha Suresh, a native of Bengaluru, and a son of a printing press executive, has developed compression algorithms that can ensure that internet can be accessed in the most non-accessible places. Take the case of anybody looking to search something on a feature phone. In a normal case, the phone sends all the search information to a server, which tends to be far away, which returns the information back to the pho
"Why Your Dentist Might Start Asking You to Swish With Squid Ink"
We're all for advances in dentistry that don't involve our gums being jabbed with pointy metal objects. A new study is taking on one of those pointy metal objects -- the periodontal probe -- and looking to replace it with an unlikely solution: squid ink. In this new study, which was published in the Journal of Dental Research, the researchers looked at how cuttlefish ink and an ultrasound machine could replace the probe.
9.11.17 The Hindu Business Line
"Soon, internet browsing will be fast even on feature phones"
A 28-year-old Indian researcher has come up with a novel way to ensure the internet can be accessed in low- bandwidth areas and feature phones, using data compression algorithms.
"Your Next Trip to the Dentist Could Involve Squid Ink and Lasers"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a method that uses squid ink to check for gum disease. The current method, which those of you wincing are already familiar with, uses metal instruments in between the gums and teeth and can be extremely uncomfortable. This painful method is also flawed in that it is less accurate than the newly developed squid procedure. This strange technique requires that the patient gargle a concoction of food-grade squid ink, water, and cornstarch. Then, lasers are shined in and, using ultrasound, your mouth is imaged.
9.8.17 Health Imaging
"Squid ink imaging: An alternative to painful periodontal probes"
Though not commonly known, there are several benefits to squid ink -- high in iron, rich in antioxidants, delicious food flavoring -- and a tool to assess gum health? Periodontal probes are the gold standard when assessing gum health and pocket depths around a tooth, but are also notorious for being invasive, uncomfortable and many times, painful. "The last time I was at the dentist, I realized that the tools that are currently being used to image teeth and gums could use significant updating," said Jesse Jokerst, a nanoengineering professor at University of California San Diego.
9.7.17 STAT news
"Could a mouthful of squid ink replace painful dental probes for gum disease?"
It's one of the worst parts of a dental checkup -- painful probing with sharp instruments to look for signs of gum disease. The time-consuming and sometimes bloody process keeps patients fearful, hygienists frustrated, and dentists worried they might be missing important symptoms. Now a nanoengineer in San Diego says he's got a possible solution. It involves imaging gums after patients swish around a mouthful of squid ink.
"Squid ink could make your dentist visits much less painful"
Your dentist visits could become a pleasant pain-free experience, and it's all thanks to squids. A team of engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed an imaging method using squid ink and ultrasound to check for gum disease. The current method to assess gum health involves inserting a periodontal probe's metal hook in between your gums and teeth. Sometimes, depending on the dentist's technique your pain tolerance, it hurts. The team's method eliminates the need for probing -- you simply need to gargle some food-grade squid ink mixed with water and cornstarch.
9.7.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Retinal prosthesis could enable blind to see shapes, even text"
A nano-engineered electronic prosthesis under development by a UC San Diego spinoff may one day restore usable eyesight to those with retinal degeneration. La Jolla's Nanovision Biosciences Inc. has completed its animal studies with the electronic device, said Scott Thorogood, the company's CEO and co-founder. Its current generation device delivers a theoretical vision of 20/200. "With that level of sight they would be able to see light and dark shapes and probably also large type, which is far better than being totally blind," he said.
9.7.17 New Atlas
"Squid ink may replace dental poking and prodding"
You know when you go to the dentist, and they shove that little measuring-stick-like tool up between each of your teeth and the overlapping gum tissue? That tool is known as a periodontal probe, and it's used to check for gum disease. You might not have to put up with it for much longer, however, as scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a more accurate gum-checking technique that involves rinsing with squid ink instead.
9.7.17 NY Daily News
"Squid ink may become the secret to a better smile"
It sounds fishy, but dark squid ink could become a tool to fight gum disease and give you a better smile. Combined with a sensitive imaging method, the blue-black pigment cephalopods squirt is being used by scientists at University of California San Diego as a non-invasive way to test for bum gums. The innovation is said to be superior to the conventional method. If you've been to the dentist lately you know dentists' current drill for measuring bum gums. A thin metal probe is inserted between teeth and gums. Markings on the tool measure how deep the tool goes in.
9.5.17 Scientific American
"One Test May Spot Cancer, Infections, Diabetes and More"
Researchers are starting to diagnose more ailments using DNA fragments found in the blood. Along with red blood cells, white blood cells and a panoply of hormones, every drop of your blood contains tiny shards of DNA spewed out of various cells in your body as they die. Recent massive increases in the speed and efficiency of the instruments used to analyze these fragments of genetic information have led to some impressive advances in the development of so-called cell-free DNA (cfDNA) tests -- particularly when it comes to prenatal testing of a developing fetus. But the best may yet be to come.
"Plot a course through the genome"
Inspired by Google Maps, a suite of tools is allowing researchers to chart the complex conformations of chromosomes. Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy. This complex of genomic DNA and protein assumes many different structures and conformations, which can affect the expression of the genes wrapped around it. In certain conformations, two sequences that are far apart in the linear DNA might actually be located next to each other and influence each other's activity; in other conformations, they might be far apart.
9.5.17 San Francisco Chronicle
"Universities rush to add data science majors as demand explodes"
In spring 2016, UC Berkeley's first Foundations of Data Science course attracted around 300 students. This semester, nearly 1,000 have enrolled - and university officials are working to create a data science undergraduate major, the first new major for the College of Letters and Science in at least 16 years. "No program has grown this fast at Berkeley," said David Culler, interim dean of the Division of Data Sciences, which was established in December. The first students could graduate with a data science major as early as May next year, he said, and certainly by 2019